Chapter 1

Access 2013 Basic Training

In This Chapter

arrow Deciding when to use Access

arrow Discovering what’s new in Access 2013

arrow Unlocking the basics of working with Access

arrow Figuring out how to get started

Access 2013, the most recent version of the Microsoft Office database application, continues to be a very powerful program. You probably already know that, and perhaps that power — or your perceptions of all that Access can do — is what made you reach for this book. We congratulate you on your wise choice!

For all of its power, Access is also very — pardon the expression — accessible. It’s pretty easy to use at the edges, where a new user will be; you don’t have to venture all the way in to its core to get quite a lot out of the software. In fact, with just the basic functionality that you’ll discover in this book, you’ll be able to put Access through many of its most important paces, yet you’ll be working with wizards and other onscreen tools that keep you at a comfortable arm’s distance from the software’s inner workings, the things that programmers and serious developers play with. There. ...

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